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January 27, 2021
Dear OLMC Parents,

Next week we will be entering into one of the most festive times of the school year, National Catholic Schools Week.  We will begin our annual celebration this Sunday with the day’s focus being on the parish.  Families are asked to pray together at home for the success of all Catholic schools and for OLMC School in particular.  Students are invited to show their school spirit by wearing their uniform at Mass, if they wish.

Monday, Feb. 1 will focus on OLMC parents and our community.  Students will bring in a care package item from home to complete a project for the Merciful Help Center; some children will be making cards at school for residents in nursing homes.  Parents, this will be a special day for you since we will be giving away Out-of-Carpool passes to school families throughout the day.  Watch the school Facebook page on Monday for more information! Monday is also Teams Day, so students can come to school dressed in their favorite athletic/team attire; athletic pants are allowed.

Tuesday, Feb. 2 focuses on the students and the theme will be “Decades Day.”  OLMC students are welcome to dress up with clothes from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, or 80’s.  These outfits will certainly be classic!

Wednesday, Feb. 3, we will be having “Patriotic Day.”  The entire school community will be celebrating our nation, and we will pray a decade of the rosary for our government.  The students will come to school dressed in their uniform but are welcome to wear patriotic accessories such as red, white, and blue socks, hats, scarves, necklaces, etc.

Thursday, February 4 is Vocations Day.  Students are invited to dress up as their future vocation (teacher, physician, police officer, priest, sister, etc…)

Friday, Feb.5  will be a day when our school focuses on faculty, staff, and volunteers.  We will be having a planned 2-hour late start on that day.  Students are encouraged to bring in cards expressing appreciation for their teachers.  Friday will also be a School Spirit Day in which students are invited to wear spiritwear and/or school colors along with jeans, khakis, or athletic pants. 

Of course, the dress code for each out-of-uniform day will follow the Family Policy Guide (no ripped pants, no tight clothing, etc.) and must be appropriate for Catholic School attire.  

What a great joy it will be to celebrate together the gift we have in our school.  I am grateful that Our Lady of Mount Carmel School is still thriving after so many years, and I am particularly amazed that we have been able to keep our doors open amid this pandemic.  I thank our entire parish community for their stewardship which allows our families to attend a Catholic school where the spirit of Jesus Christ is at the center of all we do.  May God continue to bless our parish and our priests for their loyal support of our school and their joint commitment to the Catholic education and formation of our youth.  We are so fortunate to be part of this dynamic parish family!

Lastly, I want to share with you the days in which we will be having planned 2-hour late starts for the rest of the year:

Friday, Feb. 5

Friday, March 12

Friday, April 23

Friday, May 21

Continued blessings on your week!

In Christ, our teacher,
Sister Maria Benedicta, O.P.
School Calendar
1-5 Catholic Schools Week
5 2 hour late start - 9:45am tardy bell
10 Papa John's Dining Fundraiser Night
12 E-Learning (planned)
15 No School
17 Ash Wednesday

Student 8 a.m. Mass Schedule: (students leave the classroom at 7:50am)
Mondays: Grades 1, 4, 6
Wednesdays: Grades 2, 5 (KFD1 & 2 will join at some point later in the year)
Fridays: Grades 3, 7, 8

2 Hour Delay Next Friday:
February 5
New 2 hour late start day added two weeks ago to February calendar.
No morning Kindergarten that day.

9:15-9:45am drop off
9:45am tardy bell
lunch/recess times remain the same
3:05pm dismissal

This late start is scheduled on the Friday of Catholic Schools Week to give our teachers extra planning/grading as a Staff Appreciation Day.
COVID-19 Updates:
We have had 0 new positive school cases since last week. You are always welcome to check our school numbers on the Indiana Covid-19 Dashboard and Map. Click on the school tab. OLMC School updates our numbers each week.

Other important COVID-19 resources may be found on the Indiana Department of Health website.
SCRIP for Valentine's Day:
Today is the last day for Scrip's Wednesdays in January special bonus offer and it's a GREAT one! Old Navy/Gap/Athleta has an 18% rebate (today only!). Please consider purchasing Scrip today to use for Valentine's Day, a birthday gift or spring break shopping!

And speaking of Valentine's Day, it's just around the corner!  Orders must be placed by Friday, February 5 for delivery on Wednesday, February 10This will ensure that you can surprise your Valentine with their favorite treat, like Starbucks, Dairy Queen, 1-800-flowers.com, Hallmark, American Girl, Disney, Amazon...so many fun options!!

As always, please feel free to contact Stephanie Lesher with Scrip questions or to get the OLMC Scrip enrollment code. stephrufe@yahoo.com
Catholic Schools Week is next week!
NEW OLMC Car decals for sale: Only $5.00 each
  • 6" diameter circle
  • Cash or exact cash only
  • Please send payment to school with your child in an envelope marked “car decal” & the quantity of decals you are purchasing.
  • The decal(s) will be sent home with your child.

Show your OLMC School pride!
CFD 2021 Safe Sitter Winter Classes:
Feb 13, Mar 6, Apr 17, or May 15. 
Noon – 5:30pm, $65 per student
Monon Community Center at 1195 Center Park Drive West in Carmel, IN 46032
This is the Safe Sitter® Essentials (1-Day Course with CPR). Safe Sitter® prepares students in grades 6-8 to be safe when they’re home alone, watching younger siblings, or babysitting.
For sign-up more information contact: Keith Freer at 317-571-4245.
Destination Jesus- an evening of prayer will be held here at OLMC on February 13th
High school teens can register at http://bit.ly/DestinationJesus
Purple envelopes were mailed this week! We are excited to welcome the Class of 2025 to The Nest! 

February 2
9-10 am
Parents of 7th and 8th graders are invited to spend a school-day morning getting to know Guerin Catholic. Our Admissions staff will answer your application questions while leading building tours and observing classroom interactions. Tours begin at 9 am and last approximately 1 hour. Your student is invited to attend as well! Visit GuerinCatholic.org for more information and to register.

If you cannot make an event, we still want to see you in person! Contact our Admissions team at admissions@guerincatholic.org and schedule a tour time convenient for you and your student.

Applications are still being accepted for the 2021-22 school year. Apply at GuerinCatholic.org.